So many discoveries happen in the garden…
Creating affirming environments invites families to take part in the care and well being of their children. The setting provides areas for structured and creative play, rest areas, kitchen and dining area, quiet areas, and an area specifically for arrival/dismissal. More important that the dedicated areas are the materials and the visual affects that theContinue reading “Creating Affirming Environments”
Homophobia and heterosexism permeate the world of young children including books, movies, toys, stores, culture of early childhood centers, and schools. The readings in the course so far have discussed the manner in which family beliefs have influenced specific aspects of identity, particularly of gender, gender identity and sexual orientation. Heterosexism is the extreme socialContinue reading “Gender, Gender Identity and Sexual Orientation: The painted picture.”
There is so much room for growth. Nonetheless, my hope is that we as educators, never loose our spirit. Let us stay focused on the prize. Even if we do not get to see this global endeavor to fruition, we are the ones in the position to enhance the growth and development of early childhoodContinue reading “A Little Something to Share”
Entering this course, I did not truly understand communication or its processes as I understand it now. I am grateful to my colleagues for their contributions. Communication and collaboration requires mindfulness, commitment and effort, not only to understand other, but also to be understood. Miscommunication can present themselves even in the most productive communication scenarios,Continue reading “My collaborative community”
Collaboration in group settings can be challenging as each person brings their own communication styles to the table. Different levels of communication anxiety, and aggressiveness, as well as their unique listening profile. In order for collaboration to be effective and goal oriented, team development must follow a linear path that begins with the formation ofContinue reading “Team Building and Collaboration”
Each of us is a product of our cultural background, including gender, ethnicity, family, age, religion, profession and other life experiences. Our cultural inventory provides us with valuable insights for understanding our beliefs, and attitude, our values and assumptions. Thus, it is critical that we reflect on the various aspects of our own cultural identityContinue reading “Communication and Culture”
There are many things that I hope for when I think about working with families of diverse backgrounds. I hope that one day we can all speak the same language in terms of moving forward together. I am hopeful that one day, politics and policies will serve the needs of society. I am also hopefulContinue reading “Words of Gratitude”
It is prudent to enter this topic with a few statistical pieces in mind. First, there are about “195 different countries” in the world; secondly, the US population includes members from “150 different countries” (Laureate Education, Week 7). Diversity then needs to be approached with the clear focus of a globally united supportive environment. EveryContinue reading “Welcoming Families from Around the World”
A recent encounter with bias, stereotype, and prejudice caused disruptions of grave magnitude, which challenged my belief and personal and professional expectations of the health services. Circumstances directly impacted by covid led to a long distance relationship with my husband. We had planned on him relocating with me in upcoming months; however my husband beganContinue reading “The Personal Side of Bias, Prejudice, and Oppression”
My identity as a Puerto Rican woman has great meaning for me. We are a mix of people that is a product of its history. From the native Taino tribes, the Spaniards, African, and to the more recent American influences on the island, every part of the island contains its own richness and culturalContinue reading “Family Culture”
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